New Grad Traumatized After First Interview - page 3

Hello everyone! After waiting 2 1/2 months of passing my NCLEX, I finally received a phone call from a Pediatric Rehabilitation Center who is interested in interviewing me. I am ecstatic, I love working with children and I... Read More

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    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, chin up!

    In my interview, my manager said the same thing and said he was leery of new grads and that they tend not to work out. Went so far to say he would talk to some other managers to see if they wanted to interview me.

    I stood firm and said that I would work in another environment to get experience and come back and interview for him again. I said that's where I want to be and I'm not looking to move away or change. And they thought on it for awhile and hired me in! It took some backbone but I think like someone said earlier, some people need a lot of reassurance before taking a leap of faith.

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    I see it as a tremendous weakness. Managers need to be confident in themselves or have someone else conduct interviews. I've felt during some interviews as if I am interviewing to work for a child.
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    I agree with those who are saying she probably wanted you to convince her of your commitment and desire to work at their facility but don't beat yourself up. Every interview, no matter what the outcome is absolute gold as a learning experience if you forego your natural feelings of anger. You might even write down your initial impressions of the experience and how you might handle a similar situation differently in the future (interviewer who appears hostile/indifferent, how you might regain your confidence if a question threw you off your game in the middle of the interview, why they should hire this new grad, you, etc.) Best wishes!
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    Quote from Kooky Korky
    I think she had no intention of hiring a new grad. Or anyone who wouldn't "walk down the aisle", so to speak, pledging undying devotion to her facility, to her personally, take a vow of eternal loyalty to her and her place. You get the picture.
    If the interviewer wasn't going to give OP a chance, she would have just ignored the resume. Instead, she gave her a chance to come in and show some interest in the job she applied for. Instead of at least feigning interest in the job, OP made it clear that it was her second choice. CLEAR.
    Two equal applicants, why shouldn't she hire one who is actually interested in working there instead of the one that's only applying because her preferred job isn't hiring?

    It doesn't how much you prepare if you don't prepare CORRECTLY. You obviously missed a big issue that you have to prepare for, which is convincing the interviewer that you actually WANT the job.

    So instead of feeling sorry for yourself, learn from the experience and do better next time.

    Really though, "traumatized" by this job interview? If you stepped on a lego would it give you PTSD?
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    I wouldn't be too discouraged, she did say that they were hiring a few new grads, although sitting at an interview hearing all that after they call YOU would unsettle anyone. Good luck!
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    Quote from wooh
    If you stepped on a lego would it give you PTSD?
    Tim Hawkins - Legos - YouTube

    You never know!
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    Quote from lvn2bsoon
    It seems as though that is a trend. Either places won't/don't hire new grads. Or students. You have to know where you want to work, and why. I had a staff development cordinator that said "I am never hiring students again!" Hm. Well, at the facility I worked at, the door was revolving. We had new staff every 6 months.....gee.....I wonder why?!

    As another poster said......would you really want to work there? If they don't want to hire new grads, they shouldn't interview them. Not professional, IMO.
    My facility has a 25% turnover rate, something like 65% of those were in their first year of nursing. That DOESN'T count the number of nurses who transferred from one "giant hospital corporation" facility to another within our "giant hospital corporation," so even more new grads than those 65% hopped on over to the ICU at another of our corporate facilities 5 miles down the road. Yes they do in fact use their magical one year of experience to get another job. It doesn't pay to hire a new grad, and until people stop job hopping (or until health care employers GET OVER job hopping - does this problem NOT exist in every other field???), it will stay that way.
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    I am very selective in where I apply--I get slack for that from people. They think I should just apply anywhere and everywhere to find a job and "hit the ground running". That's great and all, I understand they mean well; but I am selective because I want to stay at the job for a long time.

    I feel like you can't win with this finding a job stuff--if I am selective where I apply, then I am not trying hard enough; but, people think I am wanting my one year experience, if I apply anywhere and everywhere.

    I decided to do things on my terms...apply for positions I want (and plan on staying at for a long time) and if I have to volunteer until I get the "dream job", then so be it. I don't know how that looks to employers...but, I am going to try and explain it as "I was waiting for this position to become open...."

    I do wish that the interviewer would not go in with the attitude of new grads leaving. It is awful when there is a negative vibe starting out--I mean, since they have a thing against new grads, who's to say that they wouldn't "throw you under the bus" for any little thing you did?

    Generally, people do try for jobs they want, if the environment is pleasant (nice staff, willing to work with the new grad, etc.); most people will stay.
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    So sorry you had to go through that experience. There are a lot of sweet girls in Nursing -- you sound like one of them. I know I was. Admittedly it took quite a few years doubting questioning myself/abilities, to develop a professional backbone, and a matured listening stance. Directors, Supervisors, Charges ... are people doing business ... and not above having their own personal issues filter their perceptions.

    With gruff people remember "hard shell = soft center" Keep eye contact and a soft accepting expression on your face. Nobody does well on the defensive, so don't go there. Clarify your intent, your agenda, thereby providing reassurance. And believe it -- you are also interviewing them. Good luck, and stay sweet.
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    Try not take it as a personal attack. If a negative comment or concerns about new grad status or your internship in a different specialty come up, find a way to make it a strength to convince them you are the right candidate. It's all about selling yourself! There are a few interviewers who just aren't pleasant so look at it this way...do you really want to work for the unpleasant ones anyways?


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